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Mariner of the Seas Cruise Review by Goldenco

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Mariner of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas
Member Name: Goldenco
Cruise Date: May 2013
Embarkation: Barcelona
Destination: Middle East
Cabin Category: GS
Cabin Number: 1248
Booking Method: Internet Agency
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Member Rating   5+ out of 5+
Dining 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 4.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5+
Rates 5+
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Mariner of the Seas Barcelona to Dubai
Our cabin was fantastic. Large, and next to the stairs and elevator, so easy to get to the spa and fitness center. Large balcony and high quality deck furniture. The only noise was when people above us moved deck chairs, but not a big problem. Plenty of storage space. The TV was good, but after Barcelona they dropped Fox news which upset some people. They still had CNN and BBC, which no one watched.

Our attendant, Chunyan Yan, was the first female attendant we've had. She did a fantastic job and fun to chat with.

The ship is in good shape, showing only very minor signs of wear. The Life Fitness cardio fitness equipment was fine, but the weight area was a little old, but functional. My wife went to the spa several times and loved it.

The food at dinner was very good, not great IMHO, and it seemed to me that the portions have been downsized. The waiters were very good and pleasant to talk with.

We heard that there were about 60 people with the virus, and lots of folks hacking away, but RCCL did what they could and provided the sanitizer everywhere.

The captain did a good job on communicating, although to us he seemed to be a little too enthusiastic. The translater then spoke in Italian, French, German, and Spanish, which dragged on forever, but I understand the need. Although some Japanese and Chinese on board, there was no translation for them.

The ship took security measures while passing by Somalia and it didn't seem that anyone was concerned. We had a drill on "Operation Safe Haven".

The crew were all fantastic and very polite. All very pleasant and no frowns. They all seemed to be happy to be there.

We had heard that the ship has been leased to the Chinese for 5 years (we heard several versions) to be a gambling ship. The casino had been modified and several stores were upgraded to expensive merchandise.

The internet worked reasonably well with wireless available in the stateroom, although the signal was weak.

RCCL had a major glitch in Barcelona. There were a lot of passengers who were doing a B-2-B from Galveston, and the procedure for switching cabins and getting new keys was a complete bomb - very angry people. Some waited until 2:00 to get access to their room, so they missed seeing Barcelona. I understand they changed the procedure in Dubai.

Because there were so many Diamond members, they opened the Jade Lounge from 5-8 p.m. for free munchies and drinks. It was, needless to say, well attended.

The cruise director was very annoying to us and our friends, so we went to very few shows and never listened to them on the TV.

All-in-all a terrific cruise, one of the best we've been on.

Publication Date: 05/30/13
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